40 Washington State Patrol troopers were sworn in on Wednesday, and this includes a local resident and another trooper who will both be stationed locally.
All of the troopers have completed over 1,000 hours of training, these men and women will join Washington’s premier law enforcement organization.
The Washington State Patrol Academy produces approximately three cadet classes each biennium, accounting for about 100 to 120 new troopers.
In a release, the State Patrol says that historically, only about four to six percent of the total number of applicants makes the grade to become WSP troopers.
Locally, McCleary resident Mark Coblentz was among the graduating class. He and David Carlson of Olympia were announced as joining the ranks at the Hoquiam office of the Washington State Patrol.
In the release, the WSP said that their office began 97 years ago on June 21, 1921, when “six brave men kick-started their Indian motorcycles, strapped on an arm band, and started a proud tradition known today as the Washington State Patrol”.
During the ceremony, the Core Values Award was presented to Trooper Kameron D. Watts. This award is presented to the trooper cadet who most typifies the Training Division Core Values which include: strong leadership, effective partnerships, professional excellence, acting with integrity and accountability, respecting and protecting individual rights, and earning the trust and confidence of the public.
The recipient of this award was determined by an anonymous vote of his classmates, and is sponsored by the Washington State Patrol Memorial Foundation. This award honors the most recent State Patrol employee to give his life in service to the citizens of the state of Washington. Trooper Brent L. Hanger died in the line of duty on August 6, 2015. The award was presented today in Trooper Hanger’s honor by his wife, Lisa Hanger.
In addition to this award, Chief Batiste presented six trooper cadets with awards at a ceremony held on June 5, 2018, during an open house at the WSP Academy.
These awards included:
Top Driving Award
Presented to Trooper Casey Klein; this award recognizes the highest level of proficiency with respect to driving skills and techniques, decision-making and mind-set, and steady and constant improvement through each phase of drivers training.
Top Firearms Award
Presented to Trooper Stephen F. O’Brien; this award recognizes the highest level of proficiency with all weapon systems, marksmanship scores and skills, and demonstration of sound judgment during practical encounter scenarios.
Top Physical Fitness/Top Control Tactics Award
Presented to Trooper Andrew T. Wilson; this award recognizes the highest level of drive and tenacity in physical fitness testing and training. The recipient of this award consistently performed at the top of the Trooper Basic Training Class during physical training. In addition, this award recognizes the highest level of proficiency in control tactics techniques, to include self-defense, handcuffing, searching and use of force thought process.
Top Academic Award
Presented to Trooper Riley D. Wyatt; this award recognizes the outstanding efforts of the cadet who attains the highest grade point average compiled from over 30 tests and quizzes during training. The class average GPA for the 109th Trooper Basic Training Class was 89%; Trooper Riley’s GPA was an impressive 97%.
Top Collision Investigation Award
Presented to Trooper Josiah K. Hanks; this award recognizes the highest level of proficiency regarding collision investigation, including mathematical computation, scene investigation, information and evidence gathering, report writing, and teamwork.
Top Overall Cadet Award
Presented to Trooper Kyle J. Dussault; this award recognizes the trooper cadet who demonstrated great courage to overcome obstacles, unwavering dedication to stay focused on reaching their goals, and their ability to give 100% in every aspect of their training. Trooper Dussault demonstrated the necessary skills, abilities, and judgment to be an excellent trooper, and he made extra efforts to make continuous improvements.